Rep. Paul Cook has reintroduced HR 544, the Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act.
The bill extends protections of original Purple Heart medals that the government presented to a wounded service member or the service member’s family.
Currently, second-hand dealers sell lost or discarded Purple Hearts for hundreds or even thousands of dollars of profit with little reverence for the personal sacrifice paid by a member of the armed forces.
This bill does not seek to punish collectors. Instead, its purpose is to prevent profiteering from the sale of a medal that was already paid for by an American’s ultimate sacrifice.
Congressman Cook, wounded twice in combat himself, said, “These profit-seeking dealers cheapen the Purple Heart by buying and selling this symbol of sacrifice like a pack of baseball cards. I’m committed to defending our veterans, and that means preserving their symbols of honor like the Purple Heart. These medals belong with families or in museums, not on an auction block.”